War Horse

War Horse

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Before the Steven Spielberg film, before the National Theatre production, there was the classic children's novel...

In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.

War Horse was adapted by Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture with Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The National Theatre production opened in 2007 and has enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway.

A great way of introducing young readers to the realities of WWI. Look out for Morpurgo's other war books including Friend or Foe , Waiting for Anya , King of the Cloud Forests and An Eagle in the Snow .

War Horse is a story of universal suffering for a universal audience by a writer who 'has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers' ( The Guardian ).

Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.


Michael Morpurgo OBE was born in 1943 in St Albans and was educated at Kings Canterbury, Sandhurst and Kings College London. He taught for ten years in both state and private schools and is married with three children and six grandchildren.

His first book was published in 1975 and he has since published over 100 titles. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. Michael's books have also been adapted for film and the stage, including most recently the National Theatre's enormously successful production of War Horse.

Together with his wife Clare he founded Farms for City Children, an educational charity, in 1976. The organisation now runs three farms welcoming over 3,000 children a year. In 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to youth, and in 2006 he was awarded an OBE.

His books have won the Whitbread Award (The Wreck Of Zanzibar), the Smarties Book Prize (The Butterfly Lion), the Children's Book Award (Kensuke's Kingdom) and Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (King Of The Cloud Forests), the Blue Peter Book Award and the Califonia Young Reader Medal (Private Peaceful), the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award (Alone On A Wide Wide Sea) and several have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003-2005.

Publisher: Egmont,
ISBN: 9781405249331
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: Adobe EPUB eBook

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Berlysbooks Nov 17, 2017

This book details the difficult lives of horses drafted into the service for WWI from the perspective of one of these horses. Used like vehicles, pushed beyond their limits of endurance, carrying soldiers and pulling supplies through mud and freezing rain, the horses suffer in this book and some die, but it’s not all sad and this is a fantastic read: a realistic glimpse into the frontlines and the sacrifices made by horses forced to serve alongside soldiers.

Oct 04, 2017

I have read this book once for myself, once to a classroom, and once for my own children. I cried all three times. Great story for grade school aged kids.

Mar 17, 2017

Amazing story. I love how it is from the point of view of a horse. It is so innocent. I also love the neutrality of the book. Must read!

Mar 17, 2017

Great historical fiction

Dec 21, 2016

A great book that I read myself and have seen it being read in reading groups! Touching story that is a pleasure to read!

May 29, 2016

This is a really great book.

Aug 18, 2015

I read this before I saw the movie, and I hate to say it, but the movie was far better. I loved it though. A good book, easy read, but too much bad language for the age it was meant for.

sofialaveta Sep 05, 2014

This is one of the best books that I have read. I must admit that I usually read Sci-Fi or fantasy books but this is one that made my top ten. Even higher than Harry Potter!

Feb 01, 2014

Absolutely loved this book, Joey the horse touched so may people, in so many different ways.

angiem99 Apr 30, 2013

I, on the other hand, ADORED this book! I read it in french but it was still amazing! It was hooking, full of epicness. It really made me think about love and friendship and how much it really means in life. How it's hard to break a strong relashionship with an animal you grew up with. I love telling the story to others. One of the best reads I've read by now :) I would definitely recommend this book!

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Mar 17, 2017

captain_9 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Aug 06, 2012

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Jul 21, 2011

"Joey is a war horse, but he wasn't always. Once, long ago, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War 1 came along and changed everything. Albert's father sell Joey to the army where the beautiful, red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off of battlefields. Among the clamoring of guns, and plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end. And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?"


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